Gorgeously rendered in green watercolor tones! Newlevant's memoir chronicles a summer of self-discovery in which the author comes to terms with their privileged & sheltered youth. Impactful commentary that leaves room for the reader's interpretation and personal growth. Poignant and timely.— Parke
"No Ivy League gracefully delivers a messy truth behind the essential process of questioning and reckoning." — Nate Powell, artist of the March trilogy
When 17-year-old Hazel takes a summer job clearing ivy from the forest in Portland, Oregon, the only plan is to earn some extra cash to put toward concert tickets. Homeschooled, affluent, and sheltered, Hazel soon finds that working side by side with at-risk teens leaves no room for comforting illusions of equality and understanding. This uncomfortable and compelling memoir is an important story of a teen’s awakening to the racial insularity of the upper class, the power of white privilege, and the hidden history of segregation in Portland.